Wednesday September 18, 2019-Kenya Airways (KQ) chairman, Michael Joseph, has faulted the government over appointing politicians in KQ’s Board of Management.
KQ which is 48.9 percent government-owned and 7.8percent held by Air France-KLM, was privatised 23 years ago but sank into debt and losses amounting to billions of shillings.
In July this year, National Assembly passed a resolution to nationalise the national carrier and make it a parastatal.
But Joseph, who was speaking on Tuesday during an aviation meeting, welcomed the nationalisaton idea but warned the government against appointing political rejects into the board.
“We want to make sure that if you create a nationalised airline that it will operate as a semi-autonomous airline,” Michael, who is also acting Safaricom CEO said.
He said what the government need is to appoint professionals to be put in charge of the airline and allow the company to run on itself without political interference.
“It must be run in a commercial way,”
“We do not want to create a situation that we had before, where you nationalise the airline
and all it becomes is a department of government. The board of directors is loaded by friends of politicians.” he stated.
The Kenyan DAILY POST